Since this is a review unit, we are going to use our discussions to weigh in on the two argumentative review topic options from this unit’s reflection assignments. Do you believe that doctor-assisted suicide should be legal? Support your opinion. Remember that initial discussion posts must thoughtfully address the topic, and must be at least 125 words.
Week 5 Discussion 1
The greatest treasure in the world is undoubtedly life. The reason behind this is because of the experiences, as humans that we experience. Several luminaries have the opinion that every emotion in the wider sense is worth it to elevate respective souls. Though in certain circumstances it might not actually be the case. Oftentimes, hurt and excruciating pain with almost no probability of a hopeful about come might not be the best thing to undertake as a human being. Marx considers it the ethical duty of doctors to ease the suffering of death in their patients (Kumar, Mehra, & Avasthi, 2021, p.92). Humans are social animals, and the identity of an individual depends upon their bonds. Therefore when these bonds, especially filial in nature begin to get affected, life becomes, unfortunately, a precarious existence.
Euthanasia is not necessarily a new concept, but over the last few decades, the conversation around it has gathered heat. Recently, Jaime Osorio Márquez who brought to life HBO’s first Colombian Series died by Assisted Suicide in Columbia. After the announcement was made the popular reaction was of understanding, with multiple friends coming ahead with testimonies about the unbearable pain felt by Márquez due to his cancer in the past which had returned. Even though ideally this kind of step might be considered wrong, but in my opinion, if Life is no longer a gift and is actually causing insurmountable pain, then the better alternative would be to give it a peaceful conclusion and return to the ultimate father, God. Assisted Suicides guarantee a peaceful passing away, which for many advanced cancer and dementia patients is a boon. Life’s true essence is happiness and if a human has valid reasons and enough capability to fully understand the lack of it in his or her life, there is no reason for him or her to get denied the right of Euthanasia.
Kumar, A., Mehra, A., & Avasthi, A. (2021). Euthanasia: A Debate—For and Against. Journal of Postgraduate Medicine, Education and Research, 55(2), 91-96.